ic Kathe With an E: Fall Mantle

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Mantle

Now that Summer is over and it is
officially Fall
(or Autumn if you're fancy like that)
I decided it was time to decorate the mantle for the season.
 As you know,
our mantle isn't the traditional single 
long shelf.
It has many odd shaped cubbies to decorate.
When we first looked at this house to buy,
But now, 8 years later,
I've grown to love it and the decorating possibilities
it affords me as the seasons change.
A few weeks ago I got out my stencils and craft paint
and made this burlap Autumn banner.
Some twine, small clothes pins and
fall leaves and flowers is all it took to
put it together.
I like my crafts easy!
The left side of the mantle is my biggest challenge.
We have to have our electronics somewhere,
I just wish I could hide them better.
(Suggestions happily accepted)
Everything you see was either thrifted or, 
made by me.

The right side has no electronics save for 
a small speaker that I just choose to ignore
and basically hid it behind a ceramic pumpkin.
Again, all thrifted, clearanced or, made by me.
Two of my favorite Fall items are on this side.
They are the very first crafty post 
I shared when I started this blog
last year.
And then,
a pretty greeting card from
The Dollar Tree, matted and framed.
I filled a lantern with some
small faux pumpkins, gourds and acorns
and set it up on some thrifted books I 
covered in burlap.
A few more pumpkins add to the vignette.
 I am very pleased with how our mantle
looks this year.
Believe me when I say I used great restraint and 
didn't try to empty all of my Fall bins
onto the shelves LOL.
The nice thing too, is that
it won't take much to change out a few 
things for Halloween and Thanksgiving!
 As my friends in the South say,
Happy Fall Y'all!!

Click here to see where I may be partying this week.

And don't forget to come by on Tuesday's
for the link party.

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  1. Love your fall mantel! You have inspired me to get busy and do some decorating :)

  2. It doesn't have to cost a lot to look good that's for sure. I like shadow box mantle.

  3. I had a cubbie wall thingy like that one time!! I loved it and I love the way you have decorated for fall! Hugs, Penny

  4. Fall--?? All we have over here are sweaty balls! 99 today Kathe-- what is up with that!!!!???? But your mantle is looks Fall-Fabulous! Yes it is! I love your pumpkins, just everything- super cute!! Can you blow some Fall Breeze my way?!

  5. Looks great, it is a bit unusual but when decorated I can understand why the previous owner did it. I especially like the gold letter B. ;-) xo

  6. Kathe your mantel is great! I love the cubbies (of course I do) and think they add so much fun to the decorating! I'm ready to really enjoy fall y'all!! hugs, Linda

  7. Your mantel looks great! You're right...in the South it's "happy fall ALL y'all." I sure wish you would send some cooler weather over this way!

    Have a great week!

  8. I love to frame greeting cards too, they make lovely little pictures! And easy to change out!

  9. i don't think i knew that about your mantle. it's awesome! it reminds me of linda's cubbies (as she commented). you really make it all work with the different heights and everything.

  10. I like your cubbies, they give you lots of room to work with! Looks great-Happy Fall:@)

  11. Your mantel is so beautiful! I love the pumpkin picture. So cute and creative! :)

  12. I LOVE your fireplace!!!! You made it look great for fall! I really like your burlap bunting :)

  13. I love the cubes and shelves on your mantle! You are so making me want to run upstairs and get my fall decorating on:). I don't have a single pumpkin even out yet.

    Thanks for the ideas!

  14. I just love the whole decor... especially the lantern!! How cool is that!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  15. A great looking mantle. I love the banner. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  16. So very lovely, I especially like those tall rectangular pumpkins. Thanks for linking up! Hope your new grandbaby is doing well.

  17. Kathe, your mantel is gorgeous! Everything coordinates so well, it really looks fantastic. Thank you for the inspiration:)


  18. Well, happy fall to y'all too! ;) Your mantel is so festive and your block pumpkins are adorable. I like also how you framed the card, that's a good, thrifty idea. The banner is adorable too. Thanks for sharing your lovely fall decor with us at Gettin' Krafty this week!

  19. this is beautiful and so festive! It makes me want to decorate right now! Sadly we are still waiting for our things to arrive (we just moved to South Korea) and all my decorations are not here yet! I'd love it if you would link this up to our new In the Kitchen blog party! Our readers would love to see how great this looks! http://www.battlingthehomefront.com/2012/09/in-kitchen-thursday-week-1.html

  20. What a wonderful fall mantle. You have so many great things, textures and colors! Wonderful!

  21. Thank you for linking up! Don't forget to add our button in your post! Love how you have the bricks on your fireplace. Our previous owners covered our fireplace with huge rocks. It's nice but orefer the old school bricks! Great mantle!

    Warmest Regards!

  22. PS: I'm happy to be a follower! Hope you can follow back!

  23. Beautiful decor! I love the pumpkins and gourds in the lantern.

  24. Oh man, could I have some fun with those cubbies around your mantle! You've done a great jog Kathe!

  25. Kathe, everything looks beautiful!!! Great job!

  26. I love this, I just located it on Pinterest and I would love for you to link this project up on my site to share with my other lovely followers. http://mommynmeblog.com/2012/09/perfect-pumpkin-week/

  27. Love the banner and how you clipped the leaves and flowers on!! I'm your newest follower and you love to have you visit my blog and follow me back!! All the best ~Deanna

  28. This looks great! I really love all the cubbies on your mantle!

  29. Your mantel is really nice - great colors too. Very rich and vibrant. And you know I just love that pennat banner!
    Thanks for linkng up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  30. Very beautiful mantel. Your house is so pretty. I am also from the South, and "y'all" is what many of us do say :)

  31. You have done a wonderful job decorating for fall...all looks great. Thank you for linking up to One More Time.

  32. Yup, Happy Fall to you! Great job on the banner kathe. Your mantel really does provide you with a place to display alot of goodies. It all looks very festive. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  33. I love checking out how people decorate for fall...my favorite season! Love the mantle :) I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' and share your great idea at the link party, happening right now. Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  34. Just gorgeous! You are amazing!

  35. Oh how pretty everything looks Kathe! And I just love the card framed! Perfect!

  36. Kathe you mantle looks great with all of your fall touches. I love the banner! Thanx for coming to THT!

  37. Kathe,
    Your mantle looks fabulous! I love the banner you made. Are the clothes pins regular size or the little craft ones? Thanks for sharing :)

  38. WOW!! omg is beautiful!! Great job!! and thanks for linking up at my Hello Fall Link party ;)

  39. Thanks for linking up on 'Or so she says...', hope to see you again tomorrow for another round of 'Your Great Idea'. www.oneshetwoshe.com

  40. looks great Kathe thanks for sharing


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